Updated: Jun 27, 2018
Due to the increasing numbers of healthcare professionals advising patients about the benefits of magnesium, more consumers are waking up to the importance of this essential mineral.
Magnesium is essential for many physiological functions. Imbalanced magnesium levels can lead to avoidable neuromuscular, cardiac or nervous disorders. Magnesium is integral to all energy reactions in the body. Without it, no energy can be formed in cell mitochondria. It also initiates and mobilises the fatty acids from the fat containing tissues to be converted into energy in the mitochondria. Magnesium has a stabilising influence on the cell membrane properties and interactions that underlies its crucial role in cell metabolism and energy production.
In the US, roughly 75% of the population are magnesium deficient. With consumers starting to take steps to address this issue, magnesium sales have increased by 15.2% in 2016, resulting in a $85 million market.
Oral supplement versus inhalation therapy
The administration of magnesium via inhalation holds several benefits over oral administration – primarily that lung administration allows for smaller, more regular doses that can be taken for immediate effect. In other words, the magnesium is effectively delivered within seconds rather than long periods required for oral supplementation. Oral supplementation can lead to much of the magnesium not being absorbed in the digestive tract. Even when doses of magnesium are absorbed, the mineral may end up simply being excreted in the urine, as the body is not adapted to absorb large doses at a time. Inhalation of magnesium also offers a ground-breaking way to deliver this essential mineral to the lungs themselves. Magnesium delivered directly to this area can assist with specific lung functions, offering great benefits to ex-smokers and athletes.